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Sade – back in the spotlight

Written by Chris Richards

The conference room at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Baltimore is oppressively taupe. Taupe walls, taupe chairs, taupe tablecloths. Pull back the taupe curtains and enjoy the view: a taupe building made of taupe bricks.

“It’s a bit grim in here, isn’t it?” asks Sade. 

Casually dressed in red denim, red lipstick, a red satin jacket and silver hoop earrings big enough to shoot basketballs through, she beelines for a switch on the wall and dims the lights. Soft. Softer. Off.

As she takes a seat in the afternoon sunlight, those reds seem to glow like cosmic embers. At 52, one of the most magnetic singers of our time sips lukewarm coffee from a paper cup and tries to explain how music’s inexplicable gravity pulled her out of a nine-year silence.

“It’s that feeling that you can get a little bit better,” she says. “That there’s somewhere to go and you haven’t expressed it all.”

Sade — who performs at Verizon Center on Wednesday — is referring to her 2010 album Soldier of Love, her first public moment since finishing off a world tour in 2001 and retreating to her home in Glouces­ter­shire, England, to give her young daughter, Ila, her undivided attention.

Her invisibility solidified her reputation as the great sphinx of modern R&B, but Soldier of Love stands as Sade’s most expressive album. She describes its creation as both “a mission” and “a spiritual experience” — a John Coltrane-ish pursuit of a sound that comes from within, yet remains forever out of reach.

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